Doug Ford government appoints new police watchdogs for Ontario
Premier Doug Ford's cabinet has chosen the new heads of the agencies that investigate allegations against police in Ontario, CBC News has learned. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will be led by Stephen Leach, a veteran lawyer who has worked on governance building, justice sector reforms and anti-corruption activities in such countries as Iraq, Georgia and Tunisia.The OIPRD probes public complaints against police and has the power to conduct reviews of systemic problems in policing.
More and more evidence is mounting this week to suggest that Ontario Premier Doug Ford 's office has banned I have never given direction not to mention climate change in social media posts. If you're concerned about its veracity, perhaps you can contact Premier Ford , whose PC government famously
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The Auditor General of Ontario’sfound the province’s current climate change plan is not based on “sound evidence” and will . Ontario needs a win on climate change and developing effective public policy is an important part of getting there.
Public policy, by its very nature, is about encouraging change in society. Having the desired outcome of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is great.
Targets are easy to set; the complexity lies in trying to achieve them. Ontario’s primary target in its “Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan” is to.
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TORONTO — Ontario’s energy minister gave a five-second statement to reporters Thursday following days of controversy after he quoted a climate change denial blog in the legislature. “I believe in climate change and I believe it is a consequence of human activity,” Minister Greg Rickford told reporters at Queen’s Park before retreating to a private room. A story that should have lasted 1 day is now a headline 3rd day in a row. Energy Minister Rickford talks to media for seconds and abruptly leaves. (Never seen anything quite like this) He’s been taking heat after citing a climate change denial blog in the legislature. #onpolipic.twitter.
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Ten ways you can help fight climate change . 1. Unite for bold climate action. On October 21, Canadians voted in a federal election. Although most of us believe climate change is a crucial issue that must be tackled immediately, we’re also reluctant to talk about it, even with friends and family.
However, there is no magic wand when it comes to implementing public policy to achieve this goal. The government can’t just set a target and hope for the best. Yet that is, perhaps, what Doug Ford’s government has done.
Taking action on climate change, including reducing emissions, requires more than making small, incremental changes. What’s needed are large, transformational changes to society — and public policy plays an important role.
This large task can often seem overwhelming. To make it easier, we use analogies from sports to suggest four steps to developing a successful policy approach in Ontario.
1. Play the long game
Public policy should look to the needs and challenges of the future. Constantly making decisions on the fly in response to changing opinion polls or, as the government will always be trying to hit a moving target.
Auditor poised for sharp critique of Doug Ford's climate change plan
The Ford government is bracing for a sharply critical report from Ontario's auditor general that will cast doubt on its forecast targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has the authority to review the government's progress toward hitting its climate change targets, partially replacing the role played by Ontario's environmental commissioner, a position the Ford government scrapped this year.
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Shortly after Ford ’s election, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change , Catherine The economic impact will be felt across sectors as the program helped fuel demand for energy efficiency “Ontario can address the climate crisis in a way that creates jobs, benefits our economy and leaves a
Equally, looking towards re-election or scoring political points should not be the primary objective of any government. The government of Ontario needs to get out in front of issues like climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to lead society in the right direction.
2. Keep your eye on the prize
In sports, the season can seem long and full of both victories and setbacks. Achieving success requires the whole team to keep their focus on the end goal.
Public policy acts in the same way. There have to be clear, defined objectives that are communicated across government departments and/or ministries and have their buy-in. A government that sendscreates confusion and leads to inaction.
A key criticism of Ontario’s plan is that it relies on wishful thinking. According to the auditor general’s report, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks estimates “future innovation” will cut 2.2 megatonnes of emissions by 2030, yet it hasn’t identified any evidence for emissions-reduction programs to support the estimate. Ontario needs to define a clear outcome, develop a clear plan and get behind that plan with clear support.
Ford rallying premiers to call for large increase in federal health transfers
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Even before Hurricane Florence made landfall somewhere near the border of North and South Carolina, predicted damage from potentially catastrophic flooding from the storm was already being blamed on global warming. Writing for NBC News, Kristina Dahl contended, “With each new storm, we are forced
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3. Play as a team
The tools governments use to implement policy generally fall into four categories: regulations, financial incentives, behaviour change initiatives and taxes.
After a government has identified the desired public policy outcome, such as emission reductions, it can use some of or all of these tools to achieve the goal.
Unfortunately, it gets a little more complex. These various policy tools are put to use by multiple actors across government: Ontario has 24 ministries administering policy across over one million square kilometres inhabited by nearly 15 million people.
Once the government has a clear goal it must co-ordinate a large number of policies and programs to enact the transformational change that climate change action requires.
For example, the Norwegian parliament has set the year 2025 as the goal for all new cars sold to have. It has then supported this target through various policy tools including subsidies on new EV purchases, incentives such as free parking and use of bus lanes for EV owners, while taxing internal combustion vehicles. Norway now has the highest uptake of EVs in the world. More than purchases in 2019 were electric vehicles.
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Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change : Should I have children? It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging.
No sports team can be successful with player in-fighting and a coach who’s not able to unify the team. Likewise, achieving policy outcomes that echo the success of Norway’s zero emission target requires strong leadership, a consistent message and buy-in from all stakeholders.
4. Review the game video
Successful teams review game footage to identify their weaknesses and figure out how to improve their performance for the next game. Likewise, in policy planning, governments must monitor progress and measure success.
Monitoring progress allows governments to make changes if things are not working out as planned. Developing policy is not enough, we must monitor its effectiveness, report progress and make changes as needed to stay on track to achieve the policy objectives.
Yes, celebrate successes. But don’t view failures as an excuse to scrap the whole policy program. Instead, treat them like lessons to learn from so that the next attempt can be more successful.
To illustrate why these four steps are necessary let’s look at a recent policy example in Ontario.
When the Ford government took power in June 2018, one of its first actions was to. The stated objective of this policy action was to reduce electricity costs for consumers.
Doug Ford government spent $4 million on anti-carbon tax ads
The Ford government's advertising campaign attacking the federal Liberals' carbon pricing system cost Ontario taxpayers $4 million, the province's auditor general revealed.The television ad showed nickels spilling out of a gas pump, a heating vent and a man's wallet, accompanied by a voice saying, "The federal government is charging you a carbon tax.
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These savings may not materialize due to the costs associated with breaking contracts. The more significant outcome may be that the decision reduced the proportion of renewable energy that would have fed into the electricity grid – renewable energy that would have helped Ontario to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.
It’s an example of a policy action that achieved short-term political gains, even though it contradicted policy objectives and its.
Public policy is hard to get right, but it is possible. If Ontario is serious about achieving the 2030 emission reduction targets laid out in its, the Ford government should release a clear, co-ordinated policy that will meet the province’s climate goals.
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Doug Ford reacts to Andrew Scheer's abrupt resignation .
Doug Ford reacts to Andrew Scheer's abrupt resignationHere's the statement Ford's office issued to reporters: "I wish Andrew Scheer all the best as he undertakes this new chapter in his life, and thank him for his service as the head of her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and leader of the Conservative Party. I also want to take this opportunity to give my best wishes to Mr. Scheer's wife Jill and their five children.